A translucent veil of pure white silk, this enchanted cloth is embroidered along each edge with convoluted arabesques of golden thread. Tiny motes of light shimmer within its flawless fabric, drawing the gaze of all who behold it.
Benefits and Drawbacks: The Power of the Veil
Worn by a woman of moderate charms, the Veil of Moon-Water-Jewel amplifies her skills of seduction and charm, giving her the abilities of a veteran dancer and courtesan.
Only when donned by a woman of truly remarkable beauty does the veil’s terrible full power become apparent. Such a paragon gains the supernatural ability to fascinate those who behold her dancing, drawing the gaze of all but the most strong-willed observers. A passionate, covetous lust possesses them, filling them with the desire to possess its wearer, as if she were a cloak or jewel they could own. Blinded to honor or decency, those enthralled by the veil stop at nothing to have its wearer.
Enthralled by the incomparable beauty of the concubine named Moon Water Jewel, the flawless jewel of his harem, the Sultan of the Argent Sands sought to bestow a worthy token upon her. Finding a veil of flawless silk, the unfortunate ruler drew upon the power of a bound ifrit to enchant his gift, demanding that the veil be enspelled such that its wearer would inflame the passion of even a eunuch. Sensing the flaw in the thoughtless Sultan's request, the cruel creature complied without delay, swiftly enchanting the veil into a shimmering lure for the unwary.
Ordering Moon Water Jewel to dance before his court, the Sultan reveled in the courtiers' growing frustration and envy. The foolish ruler failed to see the dark lust stealing into his courtiers' hearts. He laughed at their obvious arousal and discomfort, right up to the moment when one man rose to plunge a razor-bright jambiya into his ruler's heart. Before the night was done, the Sultan's court was decimated, every man within it seeking to cut down the others and steal away with the lovely concubine.
Loyal to her foolish Sultan, Moon Water Jewel soon escaped the hands of those who sought to despoil her. She drank deeply of the Elixir of the Endless Night, her soul following her sultan's to its reward.
The veil’s subsequent history is just as grim. Wherever it has appeared, a succession of frenzied murders and assaults has soon arisen. Calling forth lust's darkest aspects, the veil unleashes chaos and horror in its wake.
Twist: Shadows of the Past
An oft-unexpected aspect of the veil's power is the misforune it draws to those who claim it. Those who don the veil often sense a malevolent spirit following them, an ominous presence wishing them ill. The accursed veil has lured hundreds to their doom: Its dark power causes divinations attempted in its presence to predict nothing but sorrow and despair.